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Jurgen Klopp says Burnley defeat a ‘massive punch in the face’

via The Japan Times    Jan 22, 2021

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (right) consoles goalkeeper Alisson Becker after the team's defeat to Burnley on Tuesday in Liverpool, England. | POOL / VIA AFP-JIJI

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said his team's shock 1-0 defeat at home to Burnley on Thursday was a "massive punch in the face" and took ...

FIFA would ban breakaway ‘Super League’ players from World Cup

via The Japan Times    Jan 22, 2021

FIFA has threatened to ban players who participate in a potential rogue European Super League from participating in its competitions, including the World Cup. | HANDOUT / VIA REUTERS

The statement issued by global soccer's governing body and its six member federations is a warning to European clubs considering the creation of an elite ...

Google threatens to block Australians over media law

via The Japan Times    Jan 22, 2021

Google threatened on Friday to block Australian users from accessing its search service unless the government changed proposed legislation aimed at making the internet giant pay news outlets for their content. | AFP-JIJI

The legislation was introduced last year to force Google and Facebook to pay local media organizations to host news content or face millions of dollars ...

Global cooperation in the age of COVID-19

By Borge Brende
- via The Japan Times    Jan 22, 2021


Ultimately, to exit the pandemic in a stronger position than we entered it, the direction we need to head is toward greater dialogue, coordination and ...

Emerging coronavirus variants may pose challenges to vaccines

By Apoorva Mandavilli
- via The Japan Times    Jan 21, 2021

A coronavirus testing site in Sacrament, California, on Tuesday.  Two new studies suggest that some variants of COVID-19 may pose unexpected challenges to the immune system, even in those who have been vaccinated. | PHILIP CHEUNG / THE NEW YORK TIMES

Experts said it was possible that people who had survived mild infections with the coronavirus may still be vulnerable to infection with a new variant.

Australia feels global and national heat for lack of 2050 zero-emissions goal

By Michael Taylor
- via The Japan Times    Jan 21, 2021

Protesters demanding action on climate change gather in Melbourne in March 2019.  | REUTERS

Australia is seen as a regional laggard on climate by some green groups, who cite pledges for zero emissions by midcentury made by China, Japan ...

Biden, in a burst of climate orders, rejoins the Paris Agreement

By Coral Davenport,Lisa Friedman
- via The Japan Times    Jan 21, 2021

U.S. President Joe Biden prepares to sign a series of orders in the Oval Office of the White House on Wednesday.  | AFP-JIJI

The moves represent a first step in healing one of the deepest rifts between the United States and the rest of the world after Trump ...

Vietnam steps up ‘chilling’ crackdown on dissent ahead of key Communist Party congress

By James Pearson
- via The Japan Times    Jan 21, 2021

Riot police officers patrol on an armored vehicle past a poster for the upcoming 13th national congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam on a street in Hanoi on Wednesday.  | REUTERS

The country has seen a record number of political prisoners, longer jail terms, and increased harassment of activists in recent years.

Tokyo District Court backs ban on Japanese citizens holding dual nationality

via The Japan Times    Jan 21, 2021

The Tokyo District Court has ruled in favor of Japan's ban on dual nationality. | GETTY IMAGES

The government argued the plaintiffs' claim took no note of national interest, and that permitting multiple citizenship would offer people voting rights or diplomatic protection ...

How Japan can help the U.K. meet its China challenge

By Yuka Koshino
- via The Japan Times    Jan 21, 2021

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson | PA WIRE / POOL / VIA REUTERS

With London and Tokyo sharing a view on the impact of Beijing's rise, now is the time for a bilateral policy dialogue to further align ...

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